ellen mcbee

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Woes of book two!

on August 4, 2014

I’d never thought about the realities of writing a sequel until now that I’m in the middle of one.

Well, technically I’m not in the middle. I’m at the beginning; the first quarter, about 20,000 words in. And guess what? I’m already running into things from the first book that I’m thinking, why did I do it that way? I’m not too worried; it’s not like the first book sold yet! Still, there are so many things to keep straight.

And right now the first quarter bites and I’m already doing that thing where I say, this isn’t the book I was going to write! I have to fix this before I go on! I’m hoping that Scrivener will keep me from having to throw out as much as I have in the past (I estimate about 15 scenes and 30,000-ish words from What You Stand For). So I’m running through a few opening exercises from Amy Deardon’s The Story Template, which I often refer to when I have structure problems.  Already I’ve worked out that the sister’s wedding is the backdrop to show that Kit’s life isn’t “perfectly fine” the way it is.  Also I think the plot as it stands is a little thin, but I’ve got high hopes for adding to it once I’ve got the direction working.

In any case I want to workshop the first two chapters at Rocky Mountain in early September.  Which means I need to get through a draft and then try to finish out those two chapters.  So instead of hanging out on the blog, I need to get to work!


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